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Mainstream primary school for DD with ASD? Any suggestions?

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#1 Rfn

Posted 01 June 2017 - 11:48 PM

We are looking for a good primary school for my daughter who has ASD- main challenges are in speech and social skills. We live in Glen Iris (Melbourne).  Any recommendations will be appreciated.

#2 Chelsea Rogers

Posted 02 June 2017 - 02:17 AM

I was told that Essex heights in Mount Waverley was good but I have no personal experiences with the school.. not sure if that's too far from you..

Edited by Chelsea Rogers, 02 June 2017 - 02:18 AM.

#3 lumack

Posted 02 June 2017 - 06:22 AM

Public or private?

#4 Chaotic Pogo

Posted 03 June 2017 - 03:24 PM

If private, Strathcona.

#5 Lokum

Posted 04 June 2017 - 12:25 AM

Visit the local schools, meet the principals or APs, ask them about their approach to kids w additional needs/ASD and make a
short list.

Then ask your OT, GP, kindergarten teachers, dev paed about any views/experience they have with schools on your shortlist?

#6 Rfn

Posted 17 June 2017 - 11:22 AM

Thanks for the replies! I also heard that Essex in Mount Waverley is really good.  I'm going to check it out.  Public or private options ok.  Anyone heard about Whether St Josephs in Malvern, Malvern Central School or Boorondara Park Primary in North Balwyn are good?  Thanks.  Any suggestions very welcome.  We want her to have all day integration aide/learning support even if it shared. Thanks!

#7 chickendrumstick

Posted 17 June 2017 - 12:17 PM

 Rfn, on 17 June 2017 - 11:22 AM, said:

We want her to have all day integration aide/learning support even if it shared.

As lovely as this would be, you and the school don't get a huge amount of say whether this happens. Assessment for support for ASD is given by the Department and the criteria are quite high to gain support. I know that we have about 20 kids at our school with ASD but only 1 qualifies for support of approximately 6 hours per week.

#8 Elizabethandfriend

Posted 17 June 2017 - 04:13 PM

I have heard very good things about Boroondara Park.  They are very skilled at accessing funding and nearly every class ends up with an aide.  They also have excellent facilities, lots of space to run around and lots of opportunities.

#9 Charli73

Posted 18 June 2017 - 08:28 PM

Whether your DD has speech issues will determine if she gets an aid in the public system..

My DS couldn't get an aid or funding in the public system as he doesn't have speech issues so we had to go catholic where he got funding..

#10 lumack

Posted 18 June 2017 - 09:32 PM

I've not heard good things about Malvern central.  I know a few families moved their kids with sn from there to the school my children attend.  Am happy to recommend the school my kids are at, just shoot me a pm.

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